Christmas is just around the corner and the National Trust is kicking off the festive season as three Norfolk estates get into the spirit.

From storytime with Father Christmas to illuminated winter trails, there is plenty on offer at Blickling Hall, Oxburgh Hall and Felbrigg Hall.

Carl Greenman, national programming and production manager at the National Trust, is looking forward to welcoming families to the estates this winter.

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“Whether it’s the mist rising on an early morning walk, the sparkle of baubles and the glow fairy lights or the warming chuckle of Father Christmas, there are hundreds of special moments just waiting to be enjoyed this Christmas with the National Trust," he said.
“Enjoy a taste of Christmas past with historic houses dressed in all the trimmings, see fairytales come to life with decorations inspired by classic tales or join family favourites on magical winter trails through historic gardens and parklands.”

Here is what is on offer at National Trust sites in Norfolk this Christmas. 

1. Blickling Estate

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Blickling Hall in Aylsham will once again be illuminated with Christmas lights as part of its after-dark experience from December 2 to December 17.

It will be taking place between 5pm and 8pm and will transport visitors to a winter wonderland with its lit-up walled garden, parterre and arboretum.

There will be mulled wine, spiced apple juice, minced pies and gingerbread to enjoy and visitors will be able to toast marshmallows on an open fire.

Booking is essential and tickets cost £10 for children and £16 for adults.

Families with 1 adult and up to 3 children is £32 and families with 2 adults and up to 3 children is £44.

Children under five go free - but still require pre-booked tickets.

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The estate is also hosting a winter trail where children can follow paw prints through the hall's rooms and adults can do some Christmas shopping at the estate's shop.

This Wild Winter event runs from December 2 to December 23, between 10am and 3pm, with the last entry into the house at 2.30pm.

There is no need to book for the trail and entry is free for National Trust members.

2. Oxburgh Estate

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Father Christmas will be making a special appearance with storytelling sessions at Oxburgh Hall's potting shed.

Each session will be taking place over the weekends in December leading up to the big day and children will be given a small gift to take home.

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The hall will also be transformed into a festive paradise from December 1 with candles, lights and Christmas trees.

There will also be Christmas activities for children and the servant's hall tearoom will offer sweet treats and drinks.

3. Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate

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The festive story of Norfolk's last wolf pack will be hosted at Felbrigg Hall from November 24.

Families are being offered the chance to explore the ground-floor showrooms and follow the story of the wolves through illustrations, soundscapes and decorations.

The trail is topped off with a children's craft activity and tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for children.